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Mum’s marathon efforts raise £1​,​400

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£1,400 fundraised: For Diabetes UK Cymru

A MUM from Llandysul has raised more than £1​,​400 for Diabetes UK Cymru after her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Catrin Evans-Thomas, 36, ran the Swansea Half Marathon to raise awareness of the condition after her son, Caio Glyn, 6, was diagnosed in January this year.

Catrin said: “Caio Glyn was visiting the bathroom more than usual and constantly asking for water. We knew that things weren’t right but had no idea what it could be. I now know that these are two of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, the 4 Ts: toilet, thirst, tired, thinner.

“We took Caio Glyn to Glangwili Hospital where a finger prick test to check his blood glucose levels showed that he had Type 1 diabetes. There has been a lot for our whole family to learn since Caio Glyn was diagnosed, but he is managing his condition really well. I knew I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the seriousness of Type 1 diabetes as well as the symptoms.”

This was Catrin’s first-ever half marathon but she completed the 13.1-mile course in two hours and one minute, raising an impressive £1431. Catrin, Caio Glyn and little sister Gwenlli, 4, met Diabetes UK Cymru’s Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, to present him with a cheque.

Catrin said: “I found the first 12 miles fine; the cause that I was running for and thinking of Caio Glyn totally pushed me through it. It was just the last mile that was really tough, going over the uphill cobbles in Swansea!

“It did it in 2:01 and was so happy with the time. The end was so overwhelming. I had family and friends at the finish line and I just hugged my children so tight. I just felt huge relief, and so glad I’d done it for Caio Glyn. I said I’d never do another one but we’ll see! I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me for their support.”

Type 1 diabetes is a serious lifelong condition that affects around 1400 children and young people in Wales, as well as around 18,600 adults. People with the condition don’t produce the hormone insulin, which is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood. Type 1 diabetes isn’t currently preventable and nobody knows what causes it, but the symptoms can develop very quickly.

If left untreated it can lead to serious health problems, including diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life threatening condition which requires urgent medical treatment.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Know Type 1 campaign aims to help parents and healthcare professionals to spot the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes to make sure more children are diagnosed early. Look out for the four Ts:

  • Toilet – going to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previously dry child, or heavier nappies in babies
  • Thirsty – being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst
  • Tired – feeling more tired than usual
  • Thinner – losing weight or looking thinner than usual

If your child has any of these signs and symptoms, you should take them straight to the doctor and insist on a test for Type 1 diabetes there and then. All it takes is a quick and simple finger-prick blood test, which your GP can carry out straight away.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, said: “We’re so grateful to Catrin for taking on her first ever half marathon to support Diabetes UK Cymru. She has raised a terrific amount of money as well as helping raise vital awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Every penny raised will help us to continue to support people living with diabetes in Wales.”

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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